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Healthy Dating Tips for Recovering Sex Addicts

Dating experts advise that finding a suitable companion can take a lot of effort and easily be as time-consuming and involved as a career move, not to mention hard on your self-esteem. Dating is a numbers game; the more potential spouses you meet, the better your chance of finding a good one. Unfortunately, too many …

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Stop Enabling and Start Helping Your Loved One with Addiction

Being an enabler of someone struggling with addiction means supporting the addiction rather than the person. You might think you’re helping the person you love, but you’re just helping them remain an addict and avoid making positive changes. Chief enablers in families are the ones who do the most damage, even when they mean to …

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Laying the Groundwork for a Sober Holiday

The common saying, “If you fail to plan, plan to fail,” applies perfectly to people in recovery, especially as they prepare to march through the holiday season. Sobriety and recovery don’t just happen; they result from intentional effort and planning. This can be a complex concept for people accustomed to living by the seat of …

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Do Drunk Driving Incidents Surge over the Holidays?

The holidays are a time of celebration. Families and friends gather together for meals, gifts, and festive drinks. Champagne toasts to the New Year, warm rum toddies near the fireplace, and glasses of red wine on the table often go hand-in-hand with the holidays. At the end of the evening, when guests make their way …

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How to Get Past an Alcoholic’s Excuses

An alcoholic’s excuses are legendary. All kinds of people who are addicted use excuses to deny that they have a problem. Still, with alcohol being a legal and socially acceptable substance of abuse, they can come up with many more believable excuses for indulging. If someone you love has a problem with drinking and constantly …

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Is Suicide a Hidden Risk of Substance Abuse?

There are many risks and dangers associated with substance abuse: brain damage, addiction, cancer, and others. What most people don’t consider when they first start using is the hidden risk of substance abuse—self-harm and suicide. If you knew that you might end your own life, would you have tried using drugs in the first place? …

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How Do You Know If You Have a Problem with Gambling?

While it is true that most people can and do gamble responsibly, for some individuals, what may begin as just casual entertainment sometimes crosses over the line into problem gambling. Problem gambling includes compulsive or pathological gambling, also called gambling addiction. It is a highly disabling and progressive impulse control disorder that affects between one …

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The Brain Chemistry of Addiction

Many people don’t understand addiction. They think it’s a choice or a weakness when it’s a disease. And like any disease, it has symptoms and underlying causes. This post will explore the brain chemistry of addiction: how it starts, progresses, and can be treated with addiction therapy programs.Addiction and the BrainAddiction is a brain disease. …

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